News 2009 October

Stories for October 2009

Monday, October 26

Justice Department concludes investigation into newspaper merger

posted: 10/26/2009 6 p.m.

The merger of the two largest newspaper operations in Northwest Arkansas will be completed Sunday.

Department of Justice approves newspaper merger

posted: 10/26/2009 6 p.m.

The Justice Department has closed its investigation related to failing newspapers in Northwest Arkansas, clearing the way for a joint venture to move forward, officials of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc. and Stephens Media LLC announced.

Wednesday, October 21

Pastor’s Corner: Four questions

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Have a Holy Bible? Ever read it? What’d you think? Do you know what it is?

Running Lines: Learning life’s hardest lessons ...

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

My iPod has any kind of music you could imagine on it, from John Denver to Rise Against.

Several vehicle break-ins reported

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

For years Pea Ridge was small enough that everyone knew their neighbors and left the doors of their homes and vehicles unlocked. But that is not a good practice anymore.

PEA RIDGE COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Neighborhood yard sale Standing Oaks subdivision will have a neighborhood yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 24.

Pea Ridge Obituaries

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Virgie June Spears Virgie June Spears, 71, of Anderson, Mo., died Wednesday, Oct. 14, following a battle with cancer.

2009 ANNUAL REPORT PEA RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Oct. 12, 2009 Purpose and Goal of Meeting: In accordance with state law, school districts annually will report to the public. The annual report is given to improve public school accountability and to provide benchmarks for measuring individual school improvement.

Pea Ridge Church News

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge An illusionist, Randall Eller, with an evangelical message will be at church from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Smoke house good tool for teaching fire safety

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

The Northeast Benton County Fire Department hosted a smokehouse recently at Garfield Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 through 10.

Mule Jump 2009 - Highs and lows of it all

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

2009 MULE JUMP WINNERS Halter Class, 51” and under 1st — Baxter, Jerry Nelson of Liberty, Mo.

Pea Ridge Records

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: Four warrants served: 10/14 Marvin Dryer, 50, Springdale, failure to appear; 10/13 Justin Debacco, 25, Bella Vista; 10/17 Jacob Ragsdale, 31, Rogers, theft of property warrant from Springdale ; and 17/19 Gwendolyn Easley,

Pea Ridge Halloween Happenings

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Pumpkin carving contest A pumpkin carving contest will be held Friday, Oct. 23, at McDonald’s in Pea Ridge.

Congressman hears praise and complaints

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Praising the community spirit among people in the northeast Benton County area, U.S. Congressman John Boozman said the very room in which the Town Hall meeting was being held was a perfect example of people helping one another.

Football players learn the game early

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

It’s not uncommon to see a football player, replete with helmet and pads crumple on the ground crying.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Devon Pollock Defensive End/Guard What position do you play? Defensive end and guard.

BENTON COUNTY PUBLIC OFFICIALS

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Executive Departments County Judge Dave Bisbee (R)

Lynch Pen: Value of a name can make a difference

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

What’s in a name? I’m sure you know your name, but outside of your family and immediate friends and/or co-workers, who else knows it?

Eagles outbattled junior ’Hawks for second

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

The battle for second place in the 4A-1 Junior Conference was just that, as the visiting Huntsville Eagles just outbattled the Junior Blackhawks to win a hard fought 6-0 victory.

Arkansas Watch: Complexity of design points to Creator

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

A new article from proevolution “Science Daily” offers strong support for Creationism without even knowing it.

’Hawks beat Elks

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Fifth-grade ’Hawks enjoyed another victory against the Elkins Elks Saturday.

Ridger Sports Blackhawks showed great character

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Much was written and said about the sudden death of Casey Russell, a football player from Gravette who died after contracting a virulent staph infection.

Country music hall opens

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Seligman, Mo. has a new Country Music hall, It is Hudson Hall LLC. Owners Johnny and Belinda Hudson opened the music hall on Aug. 8, and they will be having a show at 7 p.m. every other Saturday night.

Porn arrest made

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Timothy Randol Smith, 27, of Pea Ridge faces a computer child-pornography charge, a Class B felony, according to a probablecause affidavit from Benton County Circuit Court.

New station

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Police Department is in a new office just west of the previous location.

Pea Ridge School Zone

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Donna Boyd I teach fifth grade. I am a native of: Georgia I have been a teacher for 8 years.

Notes From the Nurse: Flu clinics scheduled

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Each campus has sent home packets with students regarding the school flu clinics.

Now & Then: Monotony is subjective, boy enjoyed milking

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Farm chores have motivated many a farm boy to leave the farm for good.

Ham & Bean Dinner and Pie Auction

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

The PRHS Alumni Association is offering a Ham and Bean Dinner followed by a Pie Auction on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Pea Ridge Middle School cafeteria.

Wednesday, October 14

Sheriff’s Office kicks off food drive

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Standing behind a bright green barrel, Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson officially kicked off the sheriff’s annual holiday food drive Monday.

Grandpa’s Heart: Regathering of Jews is a miracle

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Continued from Sept. 30. Just a century ago Hebrew was a dead language, the Jews were scattered around the world, and Muslim Turks, who hated the Jews, controlled the land of Israel.

Beginning the College and Scholarship Search

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 percent of today’s jobs require an education beyond high school. More than 80 percent of new jobs will require an advanced education. By this time, all seniors should be applying to their top five universities. If you have not done this yet, then you are already behind schedule.

Prospective UA students invited to Bumpers College 'family night'

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn about majors offered by Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas during a “family night” event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Benton County Extension Office auditorium, 1204 SW 14th Street, in Bentonville.

Pea Ridge School Zone

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Beth Elrod I teach fourth grade.

Fourth-grade ’Hawks undefeated

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

The fourth-grade ’Hawks are undefeated just coming off a big win at West Fork 30-0.

Fifth-grade Blackhawks took bite out of Tigers

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Fifthgrade Blackhawks traveled to West Fork, Saturday, Oct. 10. In a very hard hitting game the ’Hawks managed to win 24-0 and though that sounds like an easy game, it was not.

NORTHEAST BENTON COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Book fair Pea Ridge Intermediate School will hold its book fair in the library Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 28. The hours are: Monday 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Now & Then: Mr. & Mrs. Roulhac contributed much to community and school

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

There are numerous ways by which people make their mark on the world. Some construct buildings.

Garfield man suspected of rape

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

A Garfield man was arrested Monday on suspicion of raping a 9-year-old girl.

NORTHEAST BENTON COUNTY ON THE RECORD

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Police Department include: Monday, Oct. 5 8 a.m. As the result of a traffic stop on Henry Little Circle and South Curtis Avenue, charged Christian Nova, 19, Hispanic male, of Pea Ridge, with driving on a suspended driver’s license and no driver’s license.

PEA RIDGE CHURCH NEWS

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church The annual Harvest bazaar is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 16 at the church on U.S. Highway 62 between Avoca and Garfield.

Pea Ridge Spotlight on Sports

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Dustin Phy Safety What position do you play? Safety. Where are you from? I’m from Greenland, Texas. I’ve lived in Pea Ridge about 10 years.

Group walks for diabetes research

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Pea Ridge students, teachers and community members gathered Saturday, Sept. 12, for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes at the University of Arkansas campus.

Ridger Sports: Football still #1 sport in America

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Shades of Ramsey While in my press box vantage point, I could see the Ramsey clan sitting just below it with “Grandpa” Ramsey watching his grandkids play.

Pea Ridge Obituaries

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Sarah Christine Marler Sarah Christine Marler, 68, of Washburn, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Ashley Health and Rehabilitation in Rogers, Ark. She was born June 2, 1941, in Black Oak, Ark., to William Ernest Bond and Florie May Payne Bond.

Mules have attitude

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

“It turned out very well,” Nathan See, chairman of the Mule Jump Committee, said. “I’ve had a lot of positive comments from the vendors, they have already asked to reschedule for next year.

Planners approve senior living facility

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

If plans continue as approved, an independent living facility for senior adults will be constructed at 2310 Hayden Road.

BUILDING PERMITS

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

September 2009 #09000009 — New home, 1,500 sf, 1103 Mitchell Lane, Summit Meadows, Castoe Construction, Inc., value: $103,500

Ramsey named new School Board member after run-off

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

And then there was one.

Arkansas Watch: Ask legislators for interim study on jails

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Readers of this space will know that I am skeptical of “government as god.”

PEA RIDGE THINGS TO KNOW

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

The hours of The Times office are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office will be closed on Fridays.

Man arrested for Collier’s burglary

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Michael Utter, 34, of Bentonville, is in the Benton County Jail charged with three felony counts of commercial burglary for the attempted burglaries of Collier’s Drug Store, N. Curtis Avenue.

NORTHEAST BENTON COUNTY COMMUNITY

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

CLUB NEWS Democratic Women’s Club Laura Kellams will speak to the Benton County Democratic Women’s Club on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Bentonville Clarion Inn.

Miss Mulerider and Molly B. join local festival

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

“This was fun,” Sunny Wilcox said. “We’ll probably come back next year, if they’ll have us.” Wilcox had never before heard of jumping mules, despite being the official mascot for the Southern Arkansas University Muleriders.

Ramsey athletes fought hard on both sides

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Turnovers and a dominant Gentry line conspired to spoil the Blackhawks’ Homecoming game as the locals lost 24-7 in a 4A-1 contest.

Tuesday, October 13

Pastor’s Corner: Check engine light

posted: 10/13/2009 6 a.m.

A vehicle can’t continue running properly if not adequately maintained.

Library Notes: Wonderful books for sale at the library

posted: 10/13/2009 6 a.m.

Well, she has finally done it; my beautiful daughter Amy married her sweetheart Preston Stokes at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The wedding was wonderful and the reception was the best time ever! We danced and played and ate the greatest food and best cake. I wish I could offer all of you some of that cake. I served a small amount of the leftover cake to my family on Sunday (I saved and froze most of it and then proceeded to hide it from them so that I didn’t have to share!) The food was great, but there was meat and I would rather have dessert. They are at a resort on the west coast of Mexico now and I won’t see them until Sunday. Preston had better be bringing me some great presents; since I gave him the best one first!

Wednesday, October 7

Results of 2008 20th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

HALTER CLASS, UNDER 51” 1st Missy Seth Shockley, Powell, Mo.

Mules prove stubborn at the end of a long day

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

People cheered, whistled and applauded trying to help coax two mules to get over a 67-inch-tall jump. Both had cleared 66 inches.

Mule jump integral part of fall in the Ozarks on the Ridge

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Past issues of The Times indicate the first mule jumps in Pea Ridge were part of a fall festival sponsored by the local chamber of commerce.

Mule jumping began with hunting raccoons in Ozark hills

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Although most of the residents of Pea Ridge are quite familiar with mule jumping, many other northwest Arkansas residents may still be in the dark concerning the unique sport.

Mules and their owners have special language

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Donkey — World wide name for the ass family.

Mule’s versatility has long been an asset

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

The mule is the offspring resulting from the mating of a jack and a mare. This animal has been employed for many purposes over the years.

PEA RIDGE MULE JUMP DETAILS

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

MULE JUMP PRIZES ALL MULE EVENTS (EXCEPT HOG CALLING, MULE PRO JUMP, STICK MULE EVENTS): 13 CLASSES 1st — $30, Rosette 2nd — $20, Rosette 3rd — $10, Rosette

Community members forge new committee for 21st Mule Jump

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

When community members decided 2008 would not be the last year for the Pea Ridge Mule Jump, they worked hard together to plan this year’s event. The planning committee included members from all areas of the town, and even some from outside. It’s obvious this tradition is not ready to end.

Welcome: Letter From the Mayor

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Welcome to Pea Ridge and the 21st Annual Mule Jump.

New committee carries old tradition

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

We’re excited to keep the heritage of the Pea Ridge Mule Jump going for the 21st annual Mule Jump. We have many ideas for the future.

Straightline to perform

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

A local band will perform at this year’s Mule Jump.

Wild horses

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Cutter Bill is a 2-year-old gelding and was the star of the show for Paul Daily and his wife Joanna’s Wild Horse Ministries Monday night, Sept. 21, at Ron and Bev Bowman’s indoor arena on Lucas Lane north of Pea Ridge.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Nathan Norris Middle Linebacker/Fullback What position do you play? Middle linebacker and fullback.

Senior ’Hawks played well, but lost, to Shiloh

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Overmatched by talent but not by spirit, the varsity Blackhawks put up a spirited battle but still fell to the state’s number No. 1-ranked football team, Shiloh, by a 44-13 count.

Blackhawk cross country placed 5th

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Cross Country team traveled to Siloam Springs to compete in the Panther Cross Country Classic last week.

Students win money for art

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

Pea Ridge Elementary artists racked up over $100 in prize money while taking home 11 first-place ribbons at the annual Benton County Fair Arts competition held recently.

Jr.’Hawks lost to Shiloh in final encounter

posted: 10/07/2009 4:38 p.m.

The Junior Blackhawks put up a good game in Springdale, but it wasn’t enough as Pea Ridge lost final encounter with Shiloh Junior High 28-8.

5th-grade ’Hawks dominated Cardinals

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Farmington Cardinals came to Pea Ridge with high hopes of beating the fifthgrade ’Hawks and although the score looks like a close game, the reality is, the ’Hawks dominated.

Pea Ridge schools score well

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

According to the Arkansas Education Report, the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards recognized top achieving Arkansas schools in 2009.

School battles flu and colds

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Flu season has returned with a vengeance. “We are already well into that time of year,” said Val Colburn, school nurse at Pea Ridge Intermediate School.

BENTON COUNTY AREA EVENTS

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Kiwanis Club BELLA VISTA — The Bella Vista Kiwanis Club meeting will begin with dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Bella Vista Country Club.

Now & Then Autumn: The golden season and a time to take stock of the year gone by

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

To me there is something impressive about the changing of the seasons. Although the calendar ends each year with Dec. 31, some time after the beginning of winter, to me the fall of the year is the season of completion. To a farm boy, fall is the season of the harvest. I hope I never lose that sense of it. It is a time for weighing what the year has come to, taking stock of how the year has progressed, a time to contemplate and savor the results of the year’s labors. Sometimes it is possible to be pleased with the rounding out of a good year. At other times one recognizes that the year is not as bountiful as hoped, and begins looking for a new opportunity to try again and to do better.

Arkansas Watch: Value of dollar flexes

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around (the banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Lynch Pen: With age, comes perspective and boldness

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

It is my belief that we must formulate in our own mind what our own value system is based upon and then take a stand to defend it. Whether this be in the realm or our spiritual life or in the world of politics, until we are firmly committed to what we believe, we cannot establish our own sense of priorities much less critique those political ideals that we claim to support.

Out of My Mind: Value the criticism and learn from it

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Criticism is helpful, albeit hurtful.

NORTHEAST BENTON COUNTY ON THE RECORD

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Obituaries Agnes ‘Aggie’ Campbell Agnes “Aggie” Campbell, 83, died Aug. 30, in Poteau, Okla. She was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Big Cedar, Okla., to Ernest and Bertie Fisher.

Pea Ridge Church News

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church The annual Harvest bazaar is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 16 at the church on U.S. Highway 62 between Avoca and Garfield. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge TeamKID programs have begun for children 4 years through sixth grade. It meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Mule Jump draws near

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

As the 21st annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump draws near, the planning committee met Tuesday night, Sept. 29, to iron out remaining details.

Trash or treasures?

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

“It’s amazing what some people think is trash and somebody else thinks it’s not,” Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree said, recalling various items dropped off at the city cleanup.

VAS addresses overtime costs

posted: 10/07/2009 4:37 p.m.

The VAS Ambulance Service Corporation Finance Committee, minus the recently resigned Wes Baker, met Tuesday night, Sept. 29.